117th Family Reunion

The 117th annual family reunion of the Duston-Dustin Family Association will take place on Saturday, August 7, 2021 via Zoom.

Lockdowns are lifting, but to continue in a spirit of COVID-19 caution, once again we will shift our annual meeting into “virtual” mode and meet on Zoom, the free group meeting technology accessed via an Internet-connected home computer or smartphone. Following our global experience with social distancing in 2020, we believe that most of us now have some experience with Zoom. But any DDFA members lacking such devices are urged to seek assistance from a computer-equipped friend and join us.

Once in, set your Zoom connection to “gallery view” and you will see a checkerboard with video images of all attendees at the meeting and they can see you! Zoom allows you to comment, ask questions, and vote on motions.

During the meeting, you might want to refer to the following documents:

10:00 AM GATHERING TIME: Everyone get connected via Zoom. Smile and say hello to your relatives!
10:30 AM BUSINESS MEETING: President’s Welcome; Reports from Secretary, Treasurer, Historian/Genealogist; Duston-Dustin monuments update; 1st Annual 1697 Duston Garrison House Muster; Officer and committee nominations and election.
1:30 PM PROGRAM: The Abenaki Trails Project

This year we are very pleased to welcome Ms. Sherry Gould of Warner, N.H., and Mr. Darryl Peasley of Contoocook, NH, enrolled members of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation, which historically ranged throughout today’s northern New England and is recognized by the State of Vermont. Our guests will describe the Nulhegans’ Abenaki Trails Project, which they founded and manage. The project focuses on the tribe’s historic links to the central New Hampshire towns of Bradford, Henniker, Hillsboro, Hopkinton, Warner, and Washington in the upper Merrimack and Contoocook River valleys. Collaborating with local historical societies, the project aims to educate about the Nulhegan Abenaki and their influence on the area, highlighting and erecting signage at historical Abenaki sites and accentuating the positive influences they have had with Colonial America and the towns their members inhabit today.